We stayed at Ratan Vilas for 2 Nights in second week of February..and i say it was the most memorable part of our trip..
Pros : beautiful location..ideal for a nature lover..dont miss out on early morning trekking.., excellent hospitality by the staff and special mention of Mr. Yogesh who attends to even smallest of the requests...and nice food.
Cons: problem with the hot water as the geyser switch is placed outside and had to wait for quite some time to get some hotwater.
but stlll i would recommend this place as a must stay for all travellers to Mount Abu...
and we were lucky enough to see a leopard right infront of our vehicle..it was sheer luck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at a distance of about 7 kms from the Nakki Lake, en-route Gurushikhar, The Fern Ratan Villas, true to its meaning of peace in a special place is nothing short of a heaven on earth. Nestled in the Aravalli’s that abode Mount Abu, this lodge is located at the highest altitude throughout western India, together with being in an open wild life sanctuary. Sloth bear (common) and leopard (rare and by luck) can be sighted. The luxury resort features 20 luxury villas set and 5 rooms around 3 serene acres of land. The resort eco-sensitive zone provides an ideal habitat for the bird - Green Munia. It is the presence of numerous birds which make Mount Abu a paradise for bird watchers. It is in proximity to 5 major tourist destinations in Mount abu:- Delwara - Jain Temple, Achalgarh, Trevor’s Tank and Peace Park. It is en route Gurushikhar, which is the highest peak of the Aravalli Ranges. The Fern Ratan Villas also offers every luxury that one can possibly think of while on a wildlife tour or a peaceful weekend vacation. Forest friendly cottages were incorporated to promote eco-friendly tourism in 2009 A.D at The Fern Ratan Villas, Mount Abu – Rajasthan. It is the first and only lodge which is situated in the heart of the Mount Abu Wild Life Sanctuary. The premise of the Lodge was based on the need to conserve the delicate balance between human and nature and show through example, how tourism can be constructive and when necessary, controlled effectively. We, from the urban environment, have forgotten how to relate to our natural habitat, to respect and nurture it. The Fern Ratan Villas’ endeavour is to propagate this, through real nature interactions, together with the special experience. This is very important balance and its comprehension is missing from the urban life. The Fern Ratan Villas, however is an oasis of serenity and offers a splendid view of gigantic granite rocks, dotted with caves and temple. Crowned by a natural rock of an African elephant - proud guardian to the open forest on one side and the crumbling Aravali hills on the other. It is set amidst trees on a private estate, overlooking a valley and along its northern periphery. It is a fifteen minute drive, further up from the Nakki Lake cutting through the mountains and forest. ... more less
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